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Capital Region Library Reopens Some Branches For In-Person Services

The currently shuttered Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.
Dave Lucas
The Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library on New Scotland Avenue.

A Capital Region public library is beginning to reopen branches for in-person visits.

The Albany Public Library, whose branches turned to curbside service and virtual programming during the pandemic, has resumed in-person services at the Arbor Hill, Howe and Pine Hills branches. Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek:

“You'll be able to, by appointment, use a computer, copy, print, fax scan documents, purchase replenish CDTA navigator cards, get reference and research assistants, as well as notaries and also be able to pick up items.”

The library expects to add more branches to the list in the near future. Patrons should wear masks and observe social distancing protocols.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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